While most people can rest assured that a robot with no power is as useful as a pile of scrap metal, it looks like plans of trying to outwait a killer robot into powering down might not be possible in the future. The folks behind the NAO robot have come up charging station that allows the robot to recharge itself whenever it’s low on juice. Cleverly named the NEST (NAO Energy STation), the NAO robot can autonomously plug itself in to get its refill of energy.
While charging, the NAO robot isn’t limited to staying still – since the NEST has a power cord that plugs into the robot, it can freely move within a limited area at the same time. Great for those days when you just want to have a dancing robot on display without having to worry about it running out of power. No word on how much it will cost, but you can watch a demonstration video of it in action: